Gift sets and gluttony
Excuse the extended absence, but I’ve been busy scoffing. Because what has November brought me but, rather unsurprisingly, KitKats.
First there was this delicious duo sent by a dashing don said to reside in the now-autumnal and colourful hills of the northern Kanto plain.
This is Rich Kinako flavour, the first of two editions limited to the Tokyo area.
Kinako is toasted soy flour, which usually coats traditional Japanese (gloopy) sweets. In that incarnation, I can take it or leave it. With a heavy emphasis on ‘leave it’. Who, after all, wants a mouthful of gloop and flour? Only the Japanese, and a handful of other indefensible odd coves.
But it gives this KitKat that subtle nutty kinako flavour. Highly recommended.
These have been about for ages, but for us poor southerners, sadly out of reach.
Definite soy sauce aroma, with a flavour that’s a bit like maple syrup, but salty. Well let’s see you do a better job of describing them then!
Next up, and proving that my favourite students are the ones who actually listen to me, is this apple edition limited to the Shinshuu region around Nagano. Students who return from their travels with gifts of KitKats get the best grades – Fact.
Had an apple KitKat once. Can’t say as I enjoyed the experience. And I obviously wasn’t alone, as they seemed to stay on shop shelves for ages.
This is considerably better, as demonstrated by the fact the box didn’t last too long.
For the Yuzukoshou KitKat is the oddest of the lot (so far). Yuzu is a citrus fruit (translates as citron in English), sort of lemony and tangeriney. Yuzukoshou is a spice concoction of yuzu zest and chilli peppers, ground into a paste. You’re backing away. I can sense it.
The yuzu goes wonderfully with the dark plain chocolate. Then the chilli comes in at the end, feeling a bit like ginger. Strangely delicious.